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  1. Thread: Bridge length?

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    Re: Bridge length?

    You like to putter. Experiment and see what happens. If you find anything, let us know.

    I just replaced a good two footed adjustable bridge on an old Gibson with an original style replica solid...
  2. Thread: Moon Wood

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    Re: Moon Wood

    The marketing of wood, varieties, harvesting, and processing keeps getting more florid and complex. 95% of what is said is just marketing, and no more.

    Q: What are the qualities of a good piece...
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    Re: Lyon & Healy mandolin scales

    Beware of construction figures given in sales literature.

    If the 1925 catalog description that describes the top thicknesses as varying from 1/32" to 3/32" was accurate, the mandolins would likely...
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    Re: Mandolin Pricing?

    Stuff on order is not the same thing as stock on the wall.

    As far as custom ordering appointments on an instrument, maybe a manufacturer will take a custom order now, maybe not. If they do, don't...
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    Re: Mandolins in LA? shops?

    Weber has discontinued production for the foreseeable future. Once their existing inventory is gone, the selection of new US mandolins will be limited to Collings, Gibson F-9's or the occasional...
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    Re: Mandolin Pricing?

    Well, for the time being, with the factories way behind on their deliveries, you just might have to "take it or leave it." When the current conditions relent, then you can find a better dealer.
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  7. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    It's a lot easier than making a "proper" mold for one instrument. You can cut the stuff with a knife, and use cardboard to shim any spots that need to be adjusted. And if you like, you can punch...
  8. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    Thanks for the info. Although every job is different, it's nice to have some idea of what to expect.
    Looks like you did a really good job on the mandolin.

    No, Regal certainly couldn't be accused...
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    Re: Mandolins in LA? shops?

    If you go to Nashville, Gruhn has 17 instruments in the 5 to 20 range, including instruments by Ellis, Monteleone, Gilchrist, Brentrup, etc; 4 new Collings, and a new Newsome [which is a lot of...
  10. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    I may eventually have to open my Octofone-- the #3 back brace re-glue that I did through the sound hole many years ago was messy and not up to my usual standards. It looks like there is now a small...
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    Re: Mandolins in LA? shops?

    Schoenberg Guitars also has a couple. Sylvan Music has a couple of Webers, a Girouard, a pre Gibson Flatiron, and a few overpriced old Gibsons. But it doesn't look like anyone out there has many.
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  12. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    You might be able to do it through the sound hole if you're really creative about the clamping. But the deeper braces are really hard to get to.
    If I ever have to open mine up, I'll want to re-do...
  13. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    I can't think of anyone making them in significant numbers before Regal.

    I've never heard of an octave made by Vega, Martin, L & H, Harmony, or Schmidt. Although one or two might turn up, none of...
  14. Thread: Moon Wood

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    Re: Moon Wood

    I recommend that you string it lightly. The original Octofones were built much more lightly than modern octave mandolins. It doesn't take much to drive the sound board, and anything more than a...
  15. Thread: Moon Wood

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    Re: Moon Wood

    This idea is much more appealing to me than leprechauns, elves, dwarfs, or just about anything else I can think of. Except perhaps slightly more mature nymphs on the vernal equinox.
  16. Thread: Moon Wood

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    Re: Moon Wood

    As far as Octofones are concerned, about 20 years ago, I was given an old Regal that needed a bit of work to make it playable.

    I gave it a new ebony nut, modified a solid compensated ebony bridge...
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    Re: Mandolin Pricing?

    Under the current conditions, the larger manufacturers have enough trouble just getting the instruments that are already on order out the door. I don't think any of them are going to consider adding...
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    Re: Mandolins in LA? shops?

    I'm not sure that mandolins are allowed south of the Bay area . . .
  19. Thread: Moon Wood

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    Re: Moon Wood

    This would be a neat trick, since Stradivari was born in 1644 and would have been 180 years old "nearly 200 years ago." He did live a very long time, but not that long. And the tree line in the...
  20. Re: Banjo tuners on Gibson tenor and plectrum guitars

    While very the guitarhq website is quite useful, it is not 100% accurate, especially about smaller details.

    And for instruments built between 1930 and 1946, no factory was 100% consistent about...
  21. Re: Banjo tuners on Gibson tenor and plectrum guitars

    They indeed used banjo tuners on many of their pre-war tenor and plectrum guitars, but not all of them. I believe that guitar tuners were standard on TG-00's, at least during some years. Banjo...
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    Re: Gibson A2Z refret with larger frets??

    There will always be certain buyers who will not consider an instrument unless it is in 98.999% original condition, whether it is playable or not.
    My response to them is "do you want to play it or...
  23. Re: Replica bridge and pickguard for teens Gibson A

    Good celluloid pickguard material is available from http://www.axinc.net. It does have a bit more red in it than the originals, but it's good looking and I never had any complaints. The last...
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    Re: Lyon & Healy mandolin scales

    I used the following set on a long scale style B for the entire ten years I owned it with no problems whatsoever: 11 - 14 - 24 - 38. The next owner strung it the same way for the 15 years he owned...
  25. Re: Replica bridge and pickguard for teens Gibson A

    Bob Smakula currently lists some original late 'teens Gibson bridges in stock, which should be correct for an A-2. http://www.smakula.com/MandoParts.html

    He has a full time repair shop. Ask...
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